Talpa Network
FounderJohn de Mol Jr.
Key people
John de Mol Jr.
(Founder & CEO)
OwnerJohn de Mol Jr.
via Talpa Holding

Talpa Network is a Dutch media conglomerate created by John de Mol Jr. in 2017.


Talpa Network was created in 2017 by John de Mol when he merged all his various media assets, De Mol wanted to create a Dutch media conglomerate that could stand against foreign media companies entering the Dutch market.[1] Talpa Holding and Sanoma acquired SBS Broadcasting in 2011,[2] the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets forced De Mol to sell his minority stake in RTL Nederland. De Mol would remain a minority shareholder in SBS Broadcasting, until 2017 when his Talpa Holding acquired all remaining shares in SBS Broadcasting from Sanoma for €237 million.[3] After the sale of RTL Nederland, De Mol took full ownership of Radio 538, SLAM! FM and Radio 10 Gold.[4] In October 2016 De Mol merged his radio stations with the radio stations of the Telegraaf Media Groep into Talpa Radio, a joint venture in which he would hold a 77% stake. He also wanted to fully acquire the Telegraaf Media Groep in which he already had a minority share and merge it with SBS Broadcasting. The Belgian Mediahuis also made several offers for the remaining shares and were the winner of the acquisition, leaving De Mol as a minority shareholder. In December 2017 De Mol sold his 29% share to Mediahuis, but acquired full ownership of Talpa Radio.[5] Other notable acquisitions were StukTV (2018), ANP (2018), Linda. Magazine (2019), Gierige Gasten (2019) and TVGids.tv (2019).

Cancelled merger

After John de Mol raised his stake in SBS Broadcasting in 2017 to full ownership he sought a partnership with RTL Nederland. In his opinion there wasn't enough space for two major Dutch commercial television networks in the changed media landscape, RTL shut down his offer.[6] However, in June 2021 RTL Nederland and Talpa Network announced plans for a merger, pending approval by the European Commission and the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets. In the new conglomerate, RTL Nederland is to hold 70% of the shares and Talpa Holding 30%.[7] Talpa Entertainment Productions and Talpa Concepts won't be a part of the merger. Both parties reasoned that a merger was the only solution to an ever growing presence of foreign media parties, giving space to a single commercial Dutch media company that's capable of producing specifically for the Dutch market. Critics however claimed that the failing of Talpa Network is the reason behind the merger.[8] In January 2022 the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets stated that it could not approve the merger as of yet and that further investigation to the consequences of price, quality and innovation is necessary.[9] On the 30th of January 2023 the Authority announced that it would not approve the merger, citing that the merged company would become too powerful.[10]


Talpa Network office

Talpa TV

Talpa Radio

Talpa Digital

Talpa Social


Former assets


  1. ^ "De Mol bundelt mediabedrijven in Talpa Network". NU (in Dutch). 23 November 2017. Retrieved 29 June 2021.
  2. ^ "Sanoma en Talpa nemen SBS Nederland over". Het Parool (in Dutch). 20 April 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2021.
  3. ^ ANP (10 April 2017). "Sanoma verkoopt SBS aan Talpa". Het Parool (in Dutch). Retrieved 29 June 2021.
  4. ^ Danny van den Berg (3 May 2016). "Talpa voegt Radio 10 samen met 538, Sky en Veronica". nu.nl (in Dutch). DPG Media Digital B.V. ANP.
  5. ^ "John de Mol verkoopt belang Telegraaf Media Groep aan Mediahuis". Het Laatste Nieuws (in Dutch). 1 December 2017. Retrieved 29 June 2021.
  6. ^ "RTL versus Talpa: wie gaat winnen?". Metronieuws.nl (in Dutch). 18 January 2019. Retrieved 25 June 2021.
  7. ^ "Fusie RTL Nederland en Talpa Network, 'we zijn tot elkaar veroordeeld'" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Omroep Stichting. 22 June 2021. Retrieved 23 June 2021.
  8. ^ "RTL en Talpa tot elkaar veroordeeld? 'Geklets, het gaat niet goed met SBS van De Mol'". nos.nl (in Dutch). 23 June 2021. Retrieved 24 June 2021.
  9. ^ Duin, Roelf Jan (28 January 2022). "Nog geen groen licht voor fusie Talpa en RTL". Het Parool (in Dutch). Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  10. ^ "Streep door fusie Talpa en RTL, 'consument zou de rekening betalen'". nos.nl (in Dutch). 30 January 2023. Retrieved 30 January 2023.
  11. ^ "BMG neemt Talpa Music over". Emerce (in Dutch). Retrieved 29 June 2021.
  12. ^ "John de Mol Exits as ITV Studios Restructures, Integrates Talpa Media". Variety. October 2019.
  13. ^ "Talpa verkoopt persbureau ANP aan investeerder Chris Oomen". nos.nl (in Dutch). 28 May 2021. Retrieved 29 June 2021.
  14. ^ "Mediahuis neemt Radio Veronica, 100%NL en SLAM! over". nos.nl (in Dutch). 3 April 2023. Retrieved 3 April 2023.